Bracklesham Bay is a predominantly shingle beach, which becomes sandier towards the water’s edge. When the tide is out, a large, area of wet sand, interspersed by wooden groynes is exposed. This disappears underwater when the tide comes back in.
The beach is backed by the village and overlooks the bay, both of which share its name. From the beach there are views across to the Isle of Wight in the distance. A number of activities such as swimming, and water sports are popular at the beach. It is also an excellent place for fossil hunting and during a trip to this beach, there is a good chance of spotting many other visitors in pursuit of this activity. So-called “shark’s teeth” are particularly common here.
The beach is also popular for bird watchers, particularly during the winter months, and there is always a chance of spotting seals here.
Pay-and-display parking can be found along East Bracklesham Drive, as well as toilets, a café, and a foreshore office. From here, a slipway leads down to the beach. Further facilities such as shops and restaurants can be found further inland in the village centre.
In May 1944, in preparation for D-Day, Canadian soldiers practised an amphibious landing on this beach. Remains of a tank from that operation can still be found underwater, and scuba diving is popular in the bay.
Type of beach
Sand & shingle
Dogs friendly beach?
Dogs are not allowed on a section of beach in front of the car park between 1st May and 30th September
- Diving & snorkelling
- Good fishing
- Water skiing
- Wind surfing
- Disabled facilities
OS grid ref.
SZ 8061 9623
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Bracklesham Bay Reviews
Uncrowded, long (when tide out) and generally very pleasant
NeilMay 11th 2021
A lot less touristy and the better for it. Great for water sports such as wind or kite surfing and some mild surfing when the weather is up. A nice long walk when the tide is out and usually a good vibe in high summer particularly at evening sunsets.
EmmaJul 01st 2019
Dogs are not banned here as this website says. Between April and October they have to be on a lead 2 groynes either side of Billy’s on the Beach - no ban further up - all year round they are allowed between this groyne to the right of Billy’s and all the way to Earnley and beyond.